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Small Group Sessions Highlight #5 – Mining the Past with Dev Agarwal

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Dev Agarwal is an author of dark SF and historical fiction, as well as being a regular contributor of non-fiction to Albedo One and Focus magazines. At BristolCon this year he’s hosting a small group on brainstorming historical events for story ideas. If you fancy trying your hand at at a pseudo-Roman setting, exploring the alleyways of an alternate Alexandria, or just figuring out what intriguing details we can plunder from past eras, bring your thoughts along and Dev will help you turn your inspirations into strong story ideas. Bring your imaginary pick-axe; hard hats optional.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up today!

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PayPal Payments

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

It has come to our attention that a few of you have had problems making payments for membership by PayPal. We are looking into this and we have no idea what’s going on, but we will try to find out. It does seem to be effecting only a small minority of people trying to pay by card.

If you are trying to pay by PayPal and having trouble, please contact us straight away at treasurer@bristolcon.org and we will sort out alternative payment options for you.

Sorry for the trouble, we will try to fix it ASAP!

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Small Group Sessions Highlight #4 – Flash a-ah! With Kevlin Henney

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Flash, I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the earth!

And you only have 45 minutes for a rather excellent Flash Fiction workshop with superb award-winning short-short-story writer Kevlin Henney, who has a policy of never using five words when one will do. At under a thousand words — sometimes under a hundred — flash fiction is something everyone can have a go at. Doesn’t matter whether you write tweets or epic fantasy doorstops, flash is for everyone of us, every man, every woman, every child… And Kevlin will show you how to have fun with something short… ;)

(You’d better be earwormed by now).

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there in a flash!

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly, lest we be forced to dispatch war rocket Ajax to bring back your body…

 

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Small Group Sessions Highlights #3: Kaffeklatsch with Jon Courtenay Grimwood

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

This year at BristolCon our two author guests of honour, Emma Newman and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, will be holding traditional klatsches; intimate conversations around a table about the author’s work and interests.

Jon Courtenay Grimwood has 15 acclaimed novels to his name; 14 speculative fiction and one literary fiction. He’s known for creating original and effective character perspectives as well as for the depth of his historical knowledge. He’s keen to share his insights into the craft of novel writing with convention members, so whether you want to know more about the machinations of an alternate 15th century Venice or into how to write characters with unique voices, this is your opportunity to sit down with a master storyteller and talk to him about his work, and yours.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

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Small Group Sessions Highlights #2 – Teeklatsch with Emma Newman

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments

As you know, this year at BristolCon we’re running something a bit different to the usual Kaffeeklatsches (though there will still be kaffee. And indeed klatsching. And possibly almost certainly cake too…

Our two author guests of honour, Emma Newman and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, will be holding traditional klatsches; intimate conversations around a table about the author’s work, their interests – and yours.

Emma is the writer behind the Split World series and the Hugo award nominated fancast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’. Her debut novel, ’20 years later’ was published just three years ago, and she attended BristolCon in 2011 as a fledgling novelist and a first-time con-goer. We’re really proud of her, and thrilled she’s appearing as a GoH this year.

She’s willing to talk with you about everything from evil faeries to lovely fairy cakes, including anxiety, writing and dressmaking. Fans of her work won’t want to miss out on this chance to find out more about what makes her characters tick, but even if you’ve never read her before this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable conversation.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

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Small Group Sessions Highlights – Paul Cornell Takes Us On A Tour of the Severed Streets

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

As you know, this year at BristolCon we’re running something a bit different to the usual Kaffeeklatsches (though there will still be kaffee. And indeed klatsching. And possibly cake too…

Instead we are running small group sessions, where writers get to enthuse and hopefully impart some of their wisdom about a whole manner of subjects. First up is former BristolCon Guest of Honour, novelist, screenwriter and sometime Wolverine wrangler Paul Cornell, who will be giving a verbal guided tour of the world of the Shadow Police, the setting for his urban fantasy police procedurals London Falling and The Severed Streets. Paul is a lovely chap and this promises to be a fascinating talk, whether you’re a fan of the books or just want to get some insight into writing modern fantasy and / or crime.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session will be available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

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The BristolCon Multi-Coloured Book Swap Shop!

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s not really a shop, it’s more of a table…

If you’re coming to BristolCon and you happen to have good condition SFF books lying around your house that you don’t want any more for whatever reason (duplicates, you need the space, you just don’t read them any more, it’s a Dan Brown), please feel free to bring them along for our Book Swap table. The same goes if you end up with a book in your goodie bag that you already own and you feel like swapping it. And if you see anything good on the Book Swap table, dive in and grab it before anyone else beats you to it!

The Book Swap table will be located just outside Panel Room One, and any books left at the end of the day will be donated to charity.

 

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What Lies Ahead – Competition Now Open!

October 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment

As part of our recent event held in conjunction with Fun Palaces and Bristol Watershed, we are running a competition on the theme of “What Lies Ahead.” You can win prizes of vouchers for Forbidden Planet and the Watershed, but the competition is only open until November 5th, so get your thinking skates on!

WHAT LIES AHEAD? SHORT STORY BRISTOL SCIENCE FICTION COMPETITION.
BRIEF – Write a science fiction story set in Bristol in the future. It can be 100, or 300, or even 500 years from now. Take the things around you and use them to fire your imagination! You can enter as an individual or as a team.
LENGTH – 500-5000 WORDS
Closing date – November 5th 2014
Please send entries to submissions@bristolcon.org
Entries must be in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial and sent as an RTF or Word File – if we can’t open your story we can’t read it!
Please include a title page with the following information :
• Your name (s)
• Physical address (so we can send a prize!)
• Email address
• Title of your story
• Word count
Winners will be contacted on or around December 21st 2014
Good luck!

 

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New Participant Guides

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Three new articles for people taking part in the programme at BristolCon are available on our programme participant policy page (trying saying that with your mouth full!)

There’s one for first-time panelists, one for moderators, and one on giving a great reading. BristolCon has some quirks relative to other cons, so they might be worth a read even if you’re an old hand.

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BristolCon 14 Programme Live

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Huzzah! The programme for this year’s BristolCon is now up on the website here. As usual, we have a fascinating array of panel topics. Sex! Death! Aliens! Anime! I’m particularly excited about our new Small Group Sessions, and the way the games room is shaping up. Take a look!

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